Dressed in blue camouflage, FFP raided shops at Shamba Complex, Kisenyi, Owino Complex, New Park Mall, Nakitende Village, Usafi Market, Mwanga II Road, Musajja Alumbwa and Muzaana Road. The operation led to the arrest of 30 scrap dealers found selling suspected stolen copper wires.
Tension was high in the
city center on Monday afternoon during a joint operation by the Field Force
Police –FFP, Crime Intelligence –CI and Criminal Investigations Directorate
–CID against scrap dealers suspected of selling stolen copper wires from
electrical installations and masts.
Dressed in blue camouflage, FFP raided shops at Shamba
Complex, Kisenyi, Owino Complex, New Park Mall, Nakitende Village, Usafi
Market, Mwanga II Road, Musajja Alumbwa and Muzaana Road. The operation
led to the arrest of 30 scrap dealers found selling suspected stolen copper
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says the operation was
prompted by the increasing cases of vandalism from Uganda Electricity
Transmission Company Limited –UETCL, Uganda Telecomm Company –UTL, National
Water and Sewage Cooperation –NWSC, Uganda National Roads Authority –UNRA and
contractors at Karuma hydro-power dam.
said they targeted particular areas based on intelligence indicating that they harbor
people involved in the vandalism.
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Police have promised to screen the suspects, saying those
without clear documents for the merchandise recovered from their premises will
be taken to courts of law.
Police believes arresting the dealers will disorganize the
cartel behind the vandalism since there will be no substantive market for the
stolen materials. Some of the suspects, according to UETCL siphon fuel from
transformers at substations thus making people spend hours without power.
This operation comes a fortnight after Uganda People’s Defense
Force –UPDF, Military Police, CI, CID and FFU conducted an operation targeting
dealers of suspected stolen motorcycles, motor vehicles and phones. At
least 350 people were arrested.
However, only 208 remained after screening. More than 140
motorcycles, 2500 phones and were confiscated from dealers, some of whom have
already appeared in court.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.